In September, United Nation members met in New York City to discuss issues dealing with development all over the world. This includes the topic of global education and how to make education accessible to all students. The term “education ecosystem” is the main strategy that U.N. members are looking to instill in education systems to improve the progress of global education.
A global education ecosystem is a system in which a partnership of local government, donors, organizations and nonprofit organizations supports leadership development and innovation while also creating platforms for those leaders to share ideas and knowledge. Although some nonprofit organizations collaborate with local governments and local leaders, such as Global Partnership for Education and The Hunger Project, these organizations are not solely focused on education.
As of today, this type of ecosystem for education does not exist. According to a Matangi Tonga article, almost all of the $17 billion that goes toward education goes directly to local governments. This is a problem because programs created by organizations that could help education development are not getting any meaningful investments to further develop programs they have created.
Supporters of a global education ecosystem think that it is a good solution to developing education because an ecosystem for the global health sector has been successful. The global health ecosystem is a partnership of non-government organizations, civil society organizations, the U.N. and other government organizations. The collaboration of all these separate organizations has contributed to saving millions of lives as well as sharing knowledge so that growth and development can increase worldwide.
With this example of success, it looks as though an ecosystem for global education may be the solution to provide access for more students around the world. Organizations such as Teach for All are looking forward to an opportunity to collaborate with government and other organizations to attain the same goal: a strengthened sustainable global education ecosystem that supports educators and students.
– Deanna Wetmore